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June 13, 2011 9:27:37 PM

I was needing help picking out componets for a gaming rig. What i know i want is a 17 2600k, a coolermaster haf x and a ssd. What i am unsure about is memory and motherboard, GPU and other componet time frame is immediate build. Any and all help is appreciated thank you.
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June 13, 2011 9:51:20 PM

do you need OS/monitor in that budget?
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June 13, 2011 9:58:03 PM

no that is not needed and also a mouse and keyboard are not needed as well.
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June 13, 2011 10:06:12 PM

with that sort of budget you could get one of the best systems in the world:

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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LG E2260V 22" Full HD LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design

LG E2260V 22" Full HD LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design
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ASUS ENGTX590/3DIS/3GD5 GeForce GTX 590 (Fermi) 3072MB 768-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

ASUS ENGTX590/3DIS/3GD5 GeForce GTX 590 (Fermi) 3072MB 768-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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OCZ ZX Series 1000W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
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Patriot X-Porter 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF2GUSB

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GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

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Optical Quantum 25GB 4X BD-R 5 Packs Disc Model OBBDR04LT-05

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Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW300G3B5 2.5" 300GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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btw this includes 2 monitors. im pretty sure its an overkill, you could defintely downgrade most of these components to make a better value PC.
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June 13, 2011 10:13:25 PM

thank you for the reply do you feel a z68 mobo is better for gaming than a p67 mobo?
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June 13, 2011 10:49:43 PM

For those two monitors I would replace that gts 590 (best card) with a 6970 to save about $500, since it would perform just as well:
http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814...

A kuhler 620: (instead of the H70)
http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835...

An 850W PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 900 case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would save you about $900 over original rig, also if you don't need bluray go for something more basic eg DVD-rw drive.

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June 14, 2011 12:40:53 AM

Well depending if your in the states or Canada, i could send you the specs of my recently build rig. Mine was roughly $2500 but with some tweaks we can make it to $3k.

And in all cases if your wanting to get the best, DONT go with the 590, they're good but not as good as the 6990. Keep in mind also that 2x6970 is still better than 1x6990.
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June 14, 2011 2:30:25 AM

yes i live in the united states. i would like to see what you put into you rig. it doesnt have to equal out $3000 i would just like to make sure i have a killer gaming rig.
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June 14, 2011 6:58:13 AM

king_maliken said:
Well depending if your in the states or Canada, i could send you the specs of my recently build rig. Mine was roughly $2500 but with some tweaks we can make it to $3k.

And in all cases if your wanting to get the best, DONT go with the 590, they're good but not as good as the 6990. Keep in mind also that 2x6970 is still better than 1x6990.


i beg to differ:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/03/24/nv...

but it does depend on the game your playing.
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June 14, 2011 7:16:54 AM

Well I had bought from NCIX Canada, but i found all the parts on newegg.com
Oh and i gave a brief reason as of why i purchased that specific item.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBXLD
I have this ram OC at 2133 at the moment (just set it like that for about 3 days, no issues thus far). The RAM works great at stock speeds, and you will want a 16GB kit (thinking you want a monster PC) because if you purchased an 8GB kit, only 8GB is guaranteed to work. So if you'll want to dump more kits in your system, it's going to require much more than basic memory settings to stabilize the system. In fact, the kits may not even be able to work together. If you need more GBs, you should purchase the wanted GBs kit that is guaranteed to work together.

ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155
Well I didn't need the z68 northbridge since i did not need the ssd caching, and it's more stable for RAM OC'ing than it's z68 brother.

XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB
I have two of these, running on 3 monitors; i must say i love these cards. Mine have a slight OC of 1000/1475. XFX is the brand to go to because of the lifetime warranty. Went with AMD because of the better crossfire performance and much better price/performance, power consuption and overall performance.

OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition
MAX edition simply because if you go into small file transfers the earlier edition bogged down, this ssd is sick fast. Made it my boot drive, hence why i didn't need the z68. This is thus far one the fastest ssd out there, if not the fastest. It is SATA III and nearly maxes that bandwidth out.


Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB
I went with a sata III just because i did not want any compatibility issues or anything, but later learned i could of easily went with a SATA II with no issues. Reason i chose this HDD is simply because it's highly reliable, descent speeds and the barracuda is a great series.

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced
That was easy for me, I had the none advanced case for a previous build, lots of room for those ridiculously long video cards and easy to setup a liquid cooling system. You would want the advanced simply because it has USB 3.0 for the front panel, there's other good cases out there but i stuck with what i knew.

OCZ ZX Series 1250W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold
Ok, so the 1250w is WAY overkill, but i got mine for $180 so i had no issues buying it. Now it has plenty of cables to spare, but it being fully modular very easy to setup the cables. Another bonus, it's a gold certified PSU, which for me is just a cherry on top of the sundae.

Now add the mostly homemade cooling system plus a BD-ROM and you have my comp, kinda late i might of missed something lol. Prices went down since I built my comp (2 months ago!), but still mid two-thousands.

Hope this helps lol, and if you need more just ask
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June 14, 2011 7:20:49 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
i beg to differ:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/03/24/nv...

but it does depend on the game your playing.


Yeah it does matter a lot, but overall in terms of gaming (and most reviews and benchmarks agree) 6990>590. If you want to really go over the details this is not the thread. However to put it shortly, power consumption, overall performance and (thus far) driver performance for crossfire the 6990 is the ultimate; especially when you take those stupid fans off.
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June 14, 2011 7:31:55 AM

rooster_86 said:
thank you for the reply do you feel a z68 mobo is better for gaming than a p67 mobo?


"If Quick Sync means absolutely nothing to you, then you can still achieve enthusiast-class performance with discrete graphics using P67 Express (see High-End P67 Express: Five $200-250 Motherboards), but expect the Z68 selection to ramp up, while P67 falls off." -Andrew Ku (tomshardware)

It does not seem to affect gaming in a positive way with or without the extras you get with the z68 installed. It can sometimes however, be negative.
Short answer, no.
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June 14, 2011 4:54:00 PM

Thanks everyone for all the input you have given. Another quick question which would be better in terms of dual GPUs 6990 or GTX 590? It has been several years since i have built a gaming pc and am totally out of the loop.
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June 14, 2011 5:05:58 PM

rooster_86 said:
Thanks everyone for all the input you have given. Another quick question which would be better in terms of dual GPUs 6990 or GTX 590? It has been several years since i have built a gaming pc and am totally out of the loop.


although the 6990 would be better in some games, the GTX590 has physx which really is a great feature and really bring a game to life:


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June 14, 2011 10:48:03 PM

rooster_86 said:
Thanks everyone for all the input you have given. Another quick question which would be better in terms of dual GPUs 6990 or GTX 590? It has been several years since i have built a gaming pc and am totally out of the loop.


Yeah it does matter a lot, but overall in terms of gaming (and most reviews and benchmarks agree) 6990>590. If you want to really go over the details this is not the thread. However to put it shortly, power consumption, overall performance and (thus far) driver performance for crossfire the 6990 is the ultimate; especially when you take those stupid fans off (fans extremely noisy). Overall performance, i should specify, is at high res only, and I do hope you wont have that much of a powerhouse for a single monitor that would be such a waste.
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June 14, 2011 11:36:20 PM

what would a good dual monitor set up be for that.i figured with more monitors it would have a delay? I have a 24 inch dell monitor right now
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June 15, 2011 3:26:16 PM

A delay? You should see any delays, I have 3 monitor setup in eyefinity, no delays beautiful resolution and with my two 6970s highest fps' that are possible... not that anything over 50 fps makes a difference lol
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June 16, 2011 3:03:07 AM

If I were you with a 3k budget, I would spend $4-600 water cooled setup for 2x6970's and your cpu. Some of the parts suggested are a little overkill and I think it would give you better price/performance than $800 in ssd and hdd. just a single 120gb ssd (i.e.ocz vertez3) for boot & freq used programs along with 2 or 3 x1TB HDD in a raid should be plenty
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